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Collection PH.BZ.001 - Black and White Mounted Photograph Collection

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Black and White Mounted Photograph Collection


  • 1942-2000s (Production)

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Importance matérielle et support

949 boxes, containing approximately 75,000 black and white photographic prints

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Nom du producteur

Dumbarton Oaks (1940-Present)

Histoire administrative

Robert and Mildred Bliss retired to their Georgetown home, Dumbarton Oaks, in 1933. They began adding to their already extensive collection of artwork and reference books, anticipating the creation of a research institute. In 1940, the Blisses gave their property to Harvard University, creating Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.

"Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is an institute in Washington, DC, administered by the Trustees for Harvard University. It supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships and internships, meetings, and exhibitions. Located in residential Georgetown, Dumbarton Oaks welcomes researchers at all career stages who come to study its books, objects, images, and documents. It opens its doors to the public to visit its historic Gardens, designed by Beatrix Farrand; its Museum, with world-class collections of art; and its Music Room, for lectures and concerts. The institute disseminates knowledge through its own publications (such as Dumbarton Oaks Papers and symposium volumes) as well as through the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library (published by Harvard University Press). Dumbarton Oaks also makes accessible ever more of its resources freely online." -http://www.doaks.org/about

Among its many other activities, in January of 1963, Dumbarton Oaks and the trustees of Harvard University assumed all fieldwork activities formerly initiated by the Byzantine Institute. The Dumbarton Oaks fieldwork committee directed and sponsored new fieldwork projects in Turkey (Church of St. Polyeuktos), Cyprus (Church of the Panagia Amasgou at Monagri), Syria (Dibsi Faraj), and present-day Macedonia (Bargala).

Histoire archivistique

The Photographic Department was established in 1942 as an independent department.

Modalités d'entrée

Photos were acquired over the years via deposit or purchase. Consult the curatorial files and accession logs for further information about a specific acquisition.

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Présentation du contenu

The collection includes over 75,000 mounted black and white photographic prints of Byzantine art, architecture, and archaeology, its bulk being from the fourth through the fifteenth century, along with corresponding negatives where available. The emphasis is on materials that originated in the Byzantine empire and neighboring cultures: Italy, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Slovenia, Romania, Russia, Armenia, and Georgia, as well as Greece, Syria, Israel, and Egypt. There is also a limited number of Russian, Crusader, and post-Byzantine works.

In addition to photographs deposited by outside scholars or purchased from vendors, the images document the fieldwork of Dumbarton Oaks, the Byzantine Institute, and a number of affiliated scholars, including Margaret Alexander, Richard Anderson, Cyril Mango, Thomas Mathews, Ihor Ševčenko, and Robert Van Nice.

For more information, see related descriptions for each series.

Évaluation, élimination et calendrier de conservation


Mode de classement

Arranged in sections by medium depicted (Architecture, Epigraphy, Ivory, Manuscripts, Metalwork, Minor Media, Mosaic, Mosaic icon, Mosaic Pavement, Panel painting, Sculpture, Textiles, and Wall painting), and then filed geographically according to country, city, and site.

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Conditions d’accès

Access to the collection is unrestricted. It is available for research purposes. Appointment is required for access because researcher space is limited: http://www.doaks.org/icfa-appointment-request-form. For research queries, contact the staff of Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (icfa@doaks.org).

Conditions de reproduction

Photographs are for research and study purposes only.

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Caractéristiques matérielle et contraintes techniques

Instruments de recherche

Preliminary inventories for individual sections by Medium are available - see each series record for this collection.

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Existence et lieu de conservation des originaux

Existence et lieu de conservation des copies

Additional instantiations may be available in ICFA's Negative Collection or Site Books. For access, consult with ICFA staff.

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Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)

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  • anglais



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Preferred Citation: Black and White Mounted Photograph Collection, PH.BZ.001, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, D.C.



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Photographs are for research and study purposes only.


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Taille du fichier

6.1 MiB


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